Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Pink bridesmaid dresses

Pop over to Brookyn Bride today to check out Lia and Rob's Brooklyn Bridge engagement session photographed by Simply Bloom Photo. As soon as I saw these photographs, I was reminded of one of my favorite Harper's Bazaar magazine covers featuring Sarah Jessica Parker dancing across the Brooklyn Bridge (at top.) Lia and Rob could have been on the Brooklyn Bride the very same day as SJP for all we know, as the quality of the photographs are so perfectly matched. Lia describes her inspiration for the shoot and her outfit in more detail over at Brooklyn Bride but of course, I couldn't resist rounding up some of my favorite pink party dresses should you want to grab your sweetie and snap a few photos of your own. Like Lia's, they are all ridiculously cheap and chic! Coincidentally, I designed three holiday looks for the lovely Cyd of The Sweetest Occasion which will be featured on her blog all this week. Today's look, appropriate for an office holiday party, revolves around a demure pink and gold brocade party dress. How sweet!

Featured clockwise from top, Knitted Pink Panel Dress, $48, available at Top Shop; Bandeau Peplum Dress, $45, available at Top Shop; The Daiquiri Dress, $177, available at ModCloth; Ruffle Chiffon Nightie, $25, available at American Eagle; Wonder Dress, $63, available at French Connection; Max C Ruched Detail Dress, $49, available at Oli.

Garden collection Fashion

the garden collection by h&m

I know it's just a tad too early to think about dressing for spring but when I caught wind of the new Garden Collection by H&M I immediately dropped everything to check out these floral prints and pushing daisies. Spring and summer brides, take notice. The Garden Collection is filled with light and flirty frocks that could make for one stunner of a summer wedding dress. The Collection includes several wedding-worthy looks including a feminine chiffon dress made from recycled polyester, a pinafore dress in organic cotton with romantic roses and a smock dress in organic cotton with an ethnic floral pattern. Pure joy!

From H&M, "The floral looks are inspired by chlorophyll-green gardens, sun drenched landscapes and even 70s hippie chic flower-power. The romantic garden collection is made using organic and recycled materials. All the garments have been produced using sustainable materials or using recycled PET bottles or textile waste."

The Collection will be available for purchase in H&M stores from the end of March. I already have my eyes on a few pieces...see you in line! UPDATE: Check out Lucky's Video Sneak Peak of The Garden Collection launching March 25th.

Wedding Gown

I'm delighted to be guest blogging over at Creative Contrast, and so lately my attention has turned to all things accessory. Still swept away by the fashion at the Golden Globes, I'm intrigued by the little details that personalized some of my favorite looks. Nicole Kidman and Rose Byrne wore dresses so lovely they could have dazzled all on their own. But they took things one step further and added accessories, specifically vintage brooches, that defined their look further. I love the idea, clearly, and there's no shortage of vintage jewelry to inspire stylish brides to do the same. Here are a few of my picks.

Above, from left: Pearl Bow Brooch, $26, Monsoon. Pearl Style Bow Brooch, $20, Amazon. V & A Inspired Pave Brooch, $98, QVC. Maryann's Crystal Ribbon & Faux Pearl Brooch, $32, Fantasy Jewelry Box. Candie's Rhinestone Ribbon Pin, $23, Fantasy Jewelry Box. Lulu Guinness Black Perspex Bow Brooch, $102, ASOS. Below: Cornell's Jewelers - Brooch, $250 - cornelljewelers.com. Multi-stone Brooch, $42, Etsy. Vintage Layered Vintage Swirl Brooch, $40, Etsy.

White gowns

Sorry, but it's true. All of my favorite gowns from this year's Screen Actors Guild Awards were white. From Katrina Bowden to Kate Hudson and of course, Marion Cotillard, each of these actresses will no doubt inspire new brides to think about black belts, long sleeves or a few feathers to their dream wedding gown.

Katrina Bowden wore a a black belted Tadashi Shoji short gown which she accessorized with black shoes, one of my favorite wedding trends for 2010. Kate Hudson wore yet another white stunner. After causing a stir in Marchesa at the Golden Globes, she picked a plunging back Emilio Pucci. For Marion Cotillard, it was an embellished Elie Saab Haute Couture dress with Chopard jewels, a Judith Leiber clutch and Elie Saab heels that stole the show.

Was your favorite SAG gown white? A few other celebrities caught my eye, but for for the most part I was underwhelmed. Ahem, Drew Barrymore.

Vintage hair accessory

Brides looking to add the same element of old world sophistication to their wedding look can follow Belinda's lead and pin a pretty vintage comb in their hair. But don't think you have to stop at just one. Dolce & Gabbana recently sent their models down the runway with multiple clips, combs and pins tucked into their hair. The look was total romance.
For those of you considering adding a vintage brooch to your wedding gown, also consider this slick move. Bring your hair accessories to your hair trial that way your stylist can suggest hairstyles that lend themselves to the different pieces.